Cave Wants To Make It Tough

Outfielder Jake Cave was one of the real standouts in Spring Training camp this year and yet was held back in Extended Spring Training, mostly because he hasn't played much over the past two years after being derailed by injuries. He says his plan is keep his high level of play going in Tampa and make it tough on the Yankees to not give him a shot at some point later on.

"I felt like camp went really well for me," he said. "I felt like I had a really good Spring Training and did really well. There was nothing real particular that I was working on, kind of more just showing that I was good to go and the fact that I missed last year didn't affect me much.

"I felt like I played good defense, I feel like I hit the ball well, I had a few stolen bases, etc. I think I showed I could do a little bit of everything even with missing last year."

He says he is 100 percent healthy and has no issues whatsoever after having knee surgery last year, and he also has no plans on scaling back his rather high intensity level of play anytime soon either.

"The way I see it if an injury is going to happen it's going to happen so I'm still going to play the game just as hard as I always have," he admitted. "The one thing I did do was I calmed down a lot at the plate.

"I don't have as much movement at the plate, trying to be more relaxed, keep my head a little more still. Once I hit it though I still try to run as hard as I can, try to slide and dive, anything I can do."

The combination of his ultra-high competitive style of play and productivity on both sides of the ball would have been welcomed additions to the Charleston squad this season but he realizes why it was not meant to be just yet.

"I wasn't disappointed," he said. "During Spring Training I was hoping that maybe they could put me in a spot there in Charleston and that I could show them what I could do there but at the same time I had to be realistic about it, and know that I didn't play last year.

"I didn't play in Staten Island, I played in one game in the GCL. I had to be realistic about it.

"I would have loved the opportunity to get to Charleston but there have been a lot of circumstances of guys who stayed back in Extended Spring Training and they continued to do well and got moved up so I'm just trying to stay positive about it."

Down in Extended Spring Training for now, Cave is just excited to get some actual games under his belt even if it's not on one of the long-season league teams.

"Extended [Spring Training] is a bit different. You don't have any fans and you play early mornings but I'm excited to get the at-bats.

"Coming out of spring I feel really comfortable at the plate. These last few days I've worked a lot on one-on-one hitting and I've been swinging the bat really well so I'm excited to go out there in games and put up some numbers."

He's not sulking in his assignment for now. In fact, he plans on using his time down at the minor league complex to improve his game and prove to the team officials that he is ready to go whenever he gets the opportunity.

"I'm not going to expect anything obviously but I feel like you've always got to shoot for something so I figure I'll go out there in Extended and play every game as if -- you never know, you don't wish anything bad on anybody but you never know if somebody is going to go down or if an outfielder goes down and they need somebody to go up. I kind of want to get it where they have no choice but to call me," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I felt like camp went really well for me,\" he said. \"I felt like I had a really good Spring Training and did really well. There was nothing real particular that I was working on, kind of more just showing that I was good to go and the fact that I missed last year didn't affect me much.
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\r\n\"I felt like I played good defense, I feel like I hit the ball well, I had a few stolen bases, etc. I think I showed I could do a little bit of everything even with missing last year.\"
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\r\nHe says he is 100 percent healthy and has no issues whatsoever after having knee surgery last year, and he also has no plans on scaling back his rather high intensity level of play anytime soon either.
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\r\n\"The way I see it if an injury is going to happen it's going to happen so I'm still going to play the game just as hard as I always have,\" he admitted. \"The one thing I did do was I calmed down a lot at the plate.
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\r\n\"I don't have as much movement at the plate, trying to be more relaxed, keep my head a little more still. Once I hit it though I still try to run as hard as I can, try to slide and dive, anything I can do.\"
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\r\nThe combination of his ultra-high competitive style of play and productivity on both sides of the ball would have been welcomed additions to the Charleston squad this season but he realizes why it was not meant to be just yet.
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\r\n\"I wasn't disappointed,\" he said. \"During Spring Training I was hoping that maybe they could put me in a spot there in Charleston and that I could show them what I could do there but at the same time I had to be realistic about it, and know that I didn't play last year.
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\r\n\"I didn't play in Staten Island, I played in one game in the GCL. I had to be realistic about it.
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\r\n\"I would have loved the opportunity to get to Charleston but there have been a lot of circumstances of guys who stayed back in Extended Spring Training and they continued to do well and got moved up so I'm just trying to stay positive about it.\"
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\r\nDown in Extended Spring Training for now, Cave is just excited to get some actual games under his belt even if it's not on one of the long-season league teams.
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\r\n\"Extended [Spring Training] is a bit different. You don't have any fans and you play early mornings but I'm excited to get the at-bats.
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\r\n\"Coming out of spring I feel really comfortable at the plate. These last few days I've worked a lot on one-on-one hitting and I've been swinging the bat really well so I'm excited to go out there in games and put up some numbers.\"
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\r\nHe's not sulking in his assignment for now. In fact, he plans on using his time down at the minor league complex to improve his game and prove to the team officials that he is ready to go whenever he gets the opportunity.
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\r\n\"I'm not going to expect anything obviously but I feel like you've always got to shoot for something so I figure I'll go out there in Extended and play every game as if -- you never know, you don't wish anything bad on anybody but you never know if somebody is going to go down or if an outfielder goes down and they need somebody to go up. I kind of want to get it where they have no choice but to call me,\" he concluded.
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